Tag Archives: United States Air Force

How does it feel…?

So there I was flying combat missions daily in the F4 over Cambodia in 1973 and a letter comes from my late sister and she asked “How does it feel to kill someone?”  To say it pissed me off at the … Continue reading

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On Top of McKinley

Flying in Alaska was always amazing.  The scenery was spectacular, but also challenging. Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage was located off the end of the Knik Arm, one of the two branches of the Cook Inlet.  The other branch, the Turnagain … Continue reading

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Stolen Valor

There has been a lot in the news lately about celebrities and politicians who inflated their participation in combat.  Others, who were never in the military,  passed themselves off as veterans. This has been called “Stolen Valor.” But in a … Continue reading

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Letters from the War – Thailand 5

The following excerpts are from  letters that were written to my wife and others during the Vietnam War, while I was stationed in Thailand. Because of the nature of the events, the letters seldom told the entire story to loved … Continue reading

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Saluting our Veterans

  There is an old saying about combat: “If you’ve been there you understand, if you haven’t I can never tell you about it.” One can look at the history of a battle, but never really know what the combatants … Continue reading

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Fighter Jock Nicknames

If you visited a  fighter squadron, you would immediately feel that you were seeing an episode of M*A*S*H*; all the main characters had nicknames. Some nicknames came from the background of the person involved. There was Captain “D Ring,” a … Continue reading

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The Last Flight of the Vietnam War

August 15, 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of  the end of air combat missions during the Vietnam War. While, the January 1973 Paris Peace Accords ostensibly ended  military operations in North and South Vietnam, in Cambodia there was no peace … Continue reading

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